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Despite difficult financial circumstances, the global solar industry added additional capacity of 6.4 gigawatts in 2009, according to a new assessment by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. That takes global capacity to more than 20 GW and represents an increase of 44% (Reuters). Germany remains the largest solar market, followed by Italy, Japan, and the United States.In Germany capacity grew by 3 GW in 2009, to a total of about 9 GW--though announced cuts in the nations generous feed-in tariffs which have so far helped the not exactly sun-rich country nonetheless lead the world in solar power could rein in that growth.
Elsewhere in Europe, Italy added some 700 MW last year, with the Czech Republic adding 411 MW, Belgium installing 292 MW, and France bringing 185 MW online. Third place Japan saw an additional 484 MW installed, while the US followed closed behind with 475 MW.
In 2010 this latest EPIA assessment projects an additional 8.2 to 12.7 GW to come online. With the expectation that the 30 GW barrier will be crossed sometime in 2014.
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